By: John Blair
Date: 1779 (Published) London
Dimensions: 16.25 x 22 inches (41.3 x 55.9 cm)
This lovely large scale map depicts Great Britain and Ireland as boundaries were drawn in the third quarter of the 18th century. The map is from John Blair’s atlas, a fascinating oeuvre which was created for and dedicated to Augusta, Princes Dowager of Wales, in 1779. Blair’s aim with his atlas was to provide an accurate chronology and history of the world from its creation to the year of Christ 1779, for it was his belief that too much time and attention were being spent on the study and discussion of historical events without a proper chronological framework in which to place them.
Another aim of Blair’s atlas was to provide such a framework in order to facilitate better understanding of historical annals. In addition to providing chronology, the atlas provides copious amounts of historical information divided into categories such as ‘Remarkable Events of Sacred History’, and ‘Remarkable Events of Profane History’, all of which are discussed in considerable detail. These divisions are further broken down to enumerate specific people, including kings, statesmen, warriors and men of learning.
Condition: This lovely hand coloured map is a strong impression in A condition on watermarked paper.
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